The physical consequence of repetitively pulling one's own hair causes the person immense shame and embarrassment so people with trichotillomania, like co-founder of Habitaware Aneela Kumar, often suffer in silence, going to great lengths to hide the evidence of their shame. It was only when Aneela married Sameer Kumar and he one day discovered that she had no eyebrows that she decided to tell someone the secret she had kept for 20 years.
Arlan Hamilton is founder and managing partner of Los Angeles-based Backstage Capital, which has invested more than $5 million in 100 startups whose high-potential founders are people of color, women or LGBTQ. Two of those startups are in Minnesota, including Minneapolis-based HabitAware, the winner of the $50,000 grand prize in the 2018 MN Cup entrepreneurial competition, and the developer of a smart bracelet to make users aware of hair-pulling and other unwanted repetitive behavior.
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